Rebel Nell Graffiti Jewelry | Detroit

Detroit Graffiti Transformed Into Unique Jewelry


Rebel Nell makes graffiti wall fragments into colorful jewelry, while also helping unemployed women.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it can often be found in the most unsuspecting of places. In the past, we’ve seen jewelry created out of the shrapnel and scrap metal left behind by landmine explosions in Cambodia, and now Detroit’s Rebel Nell is turning graffiti wall fragments into fashionable jewelry designs, while also helping the community.

Since the globalization of the automotive industry, Detroit’s economy has suffered, creating a state of urban decay. As such, urban graffiti is abundant and the Rebel Nell owners collect layered wall fragments that have fallen to the ground. They expose each fragment to a special process that reveals layers of colorful design. A Rebel Nell co-owner said, “Initially these scraps of graffiti look a little rough on the surface, just like many people’s first impression of Detroit. However, after we take it through our process, we’re able to reveal all the beautiful layers that make up the graffiti.”

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Previously unemployed women are trained in jewelry making and create the Rebel Nell designs. These basic skills will aid them in starting their own jewelry making businesses, in the future. The pendants, rings, and earrings are therefore imbued with a sense of the history and people of Detroit. The Rebel Nell product range is priced between $65 to $165 dollars.


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About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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